How many times is the word Si sung in this aria, both by the prince and the chorus?
For your convenience, I have “cut&pasted” the text of the aria here,
Sì, ritrovarla io giuro.
Amore, amor mi muove:
Se fosse in grembo a Giove,
Io la ritroverò.
Pegno adorato e caro
Che mi lusinghi almeno.
Ah come al labbro e al seno,
Come ti stringerò!
Oh! qual tumulto ha in seno
Comprenderlo non so.
Ramiro e Coro
Noi voleremo, - Domanderemo,
Ricercheremo, - Ritroveremo.
Dolce speranza, - Freddo timore
Dentro al mio/suo cuore - Stanno a pugnar.
Amore, amore - M'hai/L'hai da guidar
however, don’t get mislead by it. It has much fewer printed si’s than are actually sung in the aria. So, you have to either find it on You Tube or on this incredible CD and listen…
Yesterday Troy (who lovingly chants his ABC song and is greatly fascinated by the alphabet these days) happened to listen to it on the mentioned CD.
It was not long before he picked up on all the Si’s in the aria (probably thinking it to be the letter C) and started singing them along, especially the chorus ones.
Having played the aria for him just a couple of times, I can clearly see that he remembers all the times he has to "jump in" with his Si’s. Every time he sings another Si, he gets this triumphant expression on his face, as if saying “There, I got it right again! I know HOW!!! I know WHEN!!! I CAN!!!”
The coolest thing is that he gets the music absolutely right too!
When he is ready, La Cenerentola could be a perfect first live opera…
Even more so if we are lucky enough to see it with Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Florez in the principle roles.